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Our correspondent tells me that they are flattered that you think they're an economist, but it's not quite correct.

Also, they have a slot for "a 700/1200 word piece in a respected publication" if we can boil this down by tomorrow evening. We're a bit on the high end for length, and will need to tone down the more colourful language, but it should be doable.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Fri Feb 4th, 2011 at 07:41:31 AM EST
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JakeS:
Our correspondent tells me that they are flattered that you think they're an economist
Shouldn't they rather be offended?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 4th, 2011 at 08:33:53 AM EST
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If you restructure the post as a draft negotiating strategy for Ireland highlighting strengths and weaknesses - possible alliances and points made by others we can build on - it would make a valuable contribution to the debate as basically Fianna Fail are saying the overall deal is non-negotiable and are accusing the opposition of living in fantasyland if they think we can change the terms..

Our Euro experts here could also describe the process - do we work through Council or Parliament, and what role does Patrick Honahan - our central bank Governor play?

The point we need to address is this:  Most ordinary people think that a contract, once signed, is binding - and are not aware of the degree to which it is utterly routine in the world of high finance for debts to be restructured.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Feb 4th, 2011 at 09:54:55 AM EST
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Do you have the time to do this and will you do this under your own name or do you prefer to have it signed by ET editors using their nics and/or real names? I would be willing to sign and use my real name or nic, but could provide both if necessary.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Feb 4th, 2011 at 11:15:14 AM EST
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I'm working on it, and I'll be signing it in my own name. If there is time to circulate it to the ET admins before deadline, I'll try to get them to sign off on an ET byline. But getting it published is more important than whose name it is published under.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Feb 5th, 2011 at 01:29:31 AM EST
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